Sunday, February 28, 2010

Video game number sixty two: Dynasty Warriors Strike Force

Video game review number sixty two in my 365 Games in 365 Days project is "Dynasty Warriors Strike Force".

There have been about 497 different versions of Dynasty Warriors over the years, but somehow...this one is the first one I've ever played. Oddly enough, I played the copycats of this game before I ever played the original, and while I'm not a huge fan of the genre, I have to admit, the first hour or two of these games is always a lot of fun.

Dynasty Warriors games all involve one player against hundreds of enemies on each level. There are usually a ton of levels, and the overall experience ends up being incredibly grindy. You have to defeat tons of enemies, with the hope you might find some steel or a rock or something that you can make a better weapon with. You can power your weapons up with orbs and crap that you find in boxes around the levels. I've never particularly liked this part of the game. It's like they took the best elements of Double Dragon and tried to add some Final Fantasy to it. I'm not a fan of RPGs, so the intricate weapon upgrades and grinding are not usually something I enjoy.

Still, there's something satisfying about that first hour of gameplay. You mow down enemies like a guy with a scythe in a field of grass. Except for the bosses, there isn't one warrior in the level that can withstand you, so most of the're just spinning around killing people. I can't imagine anyone being able to do this in real life, but wouldn't it be awesome if you could be one of these guys at the next big concert you went to? I'd totally grind my way up through General Admission to the front row of the pit....picking up all the awesome items that my 400 hit combo dropped. When a swarm of cops tried to arrest me for mass murder, I'd just use a magic potion on them or something. Then I'd have the band play "Freebird", just because I could.

Overall, I'm giving this a 5/10. Like supermarket brand vanilla ice cream, this game is exactly what you're expecting: average. Fans of the series will certainly feel differently one way or the other...but for casual folks like myself, this isn't a big winner. I'm not sure whether or not I'll keep playing this one, but I can't say that I feel compelled to. The story doesn't particularly interest me, either because there aren't any cinematics in between levels or because something exciting might have been lost in the translation to english. The plot consists mostly of generic "go fight this guy next" text in between waves and waves the same fight. It's a fun action game to button mash your way through, but it also gets very grindy and repetitive. I actually found myself longing for the campaign mode in Tekken, which frankly...I liked a lot better than this game.

Here's what I unlocked after a few hours with this one.


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